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Natural Incense Smells: Herbs and Flowers!

Natural incense can come in almost any scent you could want, but these are the top 10 best ones to me. They are natural incense that actually smell like, or even better than the herbs and flowers they represent.

1. Cinnamon. It smells awesome and it's one of the most popular natural incense scents! It's a really good combination of both spicy and woody scents that can be really relaxing when combined together. Cinnamon incense is also good for reducing stress especially in the home since it can be so calming. On the flipside, it's a really smoky and potent scent that you'll want to experience over and over again.

         2. Rose. It's an amazingly beautiful incense scent. Whenever you smell it, it's like you're smelling actual roses! Except it can be even more potent. Extremely calming and uplifting, it's a wonderful natural scent to try. It can help you to relax enough to stabilize any emotional turbulence you might have also.

     3.  Lavender. It's an excellent incense scent for relaxation and the smell is unmistakable for anything else. It's a unique natural herb that will calm you like nothing else, and is a great scent for candles. It's been said it's really good for using to try and stop insomnia! So maybe burn some of this incense right before bedtime!

       4. Citrus. If you're looking to feel more energized, then pick a type of citrus or fruit based incense! It's great for picking up your mood, instead of making you feel sleepy and tired like how other natural incenses can.

   5. Jasmine. Is also supposed to be really good for picking up your mood and bringing up your energy levels. It's a very popular incense scent, and smells amazing and fresh.

       6. Rosemary. Rosemary incense is supposed to help you strengthen your memory. So give it a try when you need a natural way to help focus.

        7. Ylang-Ylang. This one can be traced back to SE Asia. It's a really exotic and floral incense scent that comes from the Ylang-Ylang flower blossoms. This is a really good incense scent if you're looking to fix a bad mood, because it helps to stimulate endorphins in the brain.

     8. Worth. It's a less commonly known incense scent, just like food incense scents but it's similar to cinnamon incense since it also has a really earthy, woody smell. It can be awesome to try out.

          9.  Apple. This is an awesome fruity incense scent and great for people who love fun and fruity smells. The fresh scent of apples is just fantastic. This is an incense hat you would want to use right at the beginning of summer, when it's still a little cool out.

        10. Clove. Another sweet and spicy fragrance that's a staple for incense burning. Try it today to see why! It's also supposed to help with depressed feelings and fatigue...the wonderful thing about natural incense is that they can bring really comforting and familiar smells into your home so easily.

I love how versatile incense can be. But the natural incense scents can be classic and wonderful too.I hope this list helped you choose a scent!

Natural Incense Smells: Food Types!


Cake: It's so awesome, and it's especially awesome as a scent! It has so many different flavors and textures it's no wonder that companies made incense smell like so many different cake varieties. Like chocolate cake, strawberry cake, and all the frostings! Or even more exotic cake scents Like Italian Cream Cake or Coffeecake. Or you can also get incense that just smells like birthday cake! Incense can also be really fun to use instead of always being so serious. You can use this kind of incense for a party. Whether it's a birthday party, a spring or summer party, or just any kind of fun event you have planned! People will love the smells, and you'll definitely get questions about the incense you use and where you buy it from.

Fruit: You can get citrus smelling incense, like orange or lemon or even grapefruit. There's incense that combines the smells of different types of citrus to create a really strong and potent and unique scent. You can find incense that smells like all the different types of berries. Like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and even blackberries. And also like other fruits like apples, bananas, and all the staple fruits. And of course there are even more tropical fruits scents like papaya, mango, and coconut. And there's specialty fruit scents like citrus combined with cream or sugar, and citrus combined with herbal scents like clove, and all the spicy ands smoky herbs.

Cookies: Like chocolate chip cookies, butterscotch cookies and all the different types of cookies you could dream of. Especially like sugar cookie and vanilla. Those seem to be the most common. But cookie scents can also be really creative. Like they'll add frosting to the cookie smell, or fruit also. The cookie ones are especially awesome because you can get the cookie dough smells, and have it smell like baking cookies in your home. And there's brownie scents you can pick from. And fudge!

Ice Cream: The ice cream scents are very similar to the cookie and cake scents because they have the same flavors,. But these scents also come in unique ice cream flavors or a spin on the classics. Like vanilla ice cream, and different vanilla version. Or sweet vanilla, heavy vanilla, and the same is true for all the other scents. The ice cream smells very cool when it's burning.

Comfort Food: Like oatmeal. And milk and honey. And lots of these are mixed with herbs too. So if you ever have any sleeping issues these would be ideal to try. incense can be so cool because you can try out all these different flavors or even burn one right after the other and have multiple desserts! You can try all of this without having to put any effort in. So make sure to try everything out!

Where Can I Buy Incense: Tips For Finding Burners!


It's important to at least do some research before you decide to buy incense. Using incense can actually be really simple, but if you don't look up some basic things, you could end up being disappointed or even in danger! There are different types on incense to pick from, including oils and cones. You can also buy an incense burner, instead of just burning the incense how you normally would, for maximum safety.

An incense burner can be really useful not just for incense sticks, but for cones too. It can catch the ash, and help you prevent an accidental fire. Incense burners can come in many different kinds of materials.  For incense sticks you can buy a really simple wooden holder that's curved in the spot where the stick is held in the air, so the ash drops onto the other side without spilling over. Then there are also ceramic incense burners that are usually bowls that you can use for holding incense cones. There are also box burners that usually have another box underneath that you can use to store your incense.

Cone incense is made to burn completely away, so it can be dangerous to just leave it on unprotected surfaces or in a burner that doesn't have some depth to it, that can surround the entire cone. There are also burners specifically made for cone incense, so if you buy one make sure that the lid is tall enough to not snuff the incense out and that it has high walls.  If you decide to use the really common brass cone incense burner, you should know to never let it burn incense while sitting on top of wood, since the burner is metal it can conduct heat and spread it around really well. So set your burner on a safe surface, like ceramic or some other non flammable one. And also, it's recommended to put sand in the bottom of the burner, to protect it from heat and damage. Cone incense burners also come in all kinds of materials, so if you want one that can be used more conveniently, then shop around!

Then there are also incense burners called combination burners. they can burn multiple types of incense, and you can use them to burn incense one right after the other, without any major mess. And you can even use them to burn multiple incense at the same time! They come in lots of different materials just like how the more standard burners do.

One warning is that if you're using a smudge bowl like for loose herbs and incense, make sure it's fireproof! And, you should never burn any kind of incense that doesn't have a wooden core (there are even incense sticks that don't have wooden cores so be careful), on a wooden burner. If your incense gives off thick or even black smoke, that means it's low quality, so if you burn a lot of it it can actually stain the walls in your home!

Catholic Incense, Rituals, and Using Incense In Your Own Home!

In the past, incense was widely used for rituals and ceremonies all around the globe. Almost all cultures used it mainly for their religious worship or even for sacrifices. It was used by the Buddhists temples in Asia, like in the countries of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It's also been very widely used in Catholic churches during prayer. It was used to make a very purified and focused space specifically for rituals and even offerings. Incense was also actually used to make offerings. The smoke was actually used sometimes as an additional offering to the gods. The different scents like Frankincense or Myrrh were used to put the worshipers in very calm and focused states of mind.

So using the different scents in your own home can be an excellent idea! You can use it to make the atmosphere very pleasant or do a 360 and have a scent that makes it seem like even the air slowed and calmed down. You can also use it to mask any odors you might have around the home, like any musky or old smells that go throughout the entire place after you just cleaned out an old area. Or even from other plants, from the outside that could have strong smells that permeate everything if you open the windows even for just a few minutes. There can be a lot of freedom in burning incense. You can even subtly influence your guests' moods too!

Incense can also be really useful for meditation. The more subtle scents like floral ones, can be awesome for helping to to relax, by helping you to reach a deeper state of mind. Or you can even burn some during a yoga session, to help you feel more energetic! There are so many ways to use incense in your home. Whether it's for the whole family, guests, or even just for you, there can be endless options to pick from for whatever mood or vibe you're trying to make flourish.

Or you can be way more picky and selective. If you do your research, you'll see that incense has been used in therapy. Certain scents can really help to calm down the mind and even help people with anxiety and insomnia issues. It was ancient wisdom  that made cultures around the world burn incense for hundreds of years. And it's modern wisdom that made the traditions carry on today, still all around the world! And with so many options available form stores and especially online shops, it's irresistible to try at least some scents. Because there's something for everyone to like. So go try it out for yourself if you haven't already, to see what you've been missing!

The number one reason why incense can be awesome is because of how quickly the body recognizes smells in the brain. Incense can influence your mood because the sweet, floral and fruity sense can actually help your brain release endorphins to calm and soothe you. This is why incense has been said to help with anxiety and insomnia. It can have a huge effect on the brain and your state of mind. Just by burning a few sticks, cones, oils, etc.!

Natural Candle Supplies: The Wax!

I only listed 3 types of natural candle waxes in the last post! So here are three more, and some more DIY tips too! Although, there are actually way more waxes to pick and choose from, so although this is an overview make sure to do tons of your own research. I really think that natural candle supplies, especially the waxes, are really awesome. If you love mother nature, you should keep reading!

Beeswax: It's obviously made from bees, but it's also one of the oldest and widely used natural candle waxes! It's been used for hundreds of years by different cultures. It was used mostly by the wealthy and the churches because it was really expensive. But it's still considered to be an awesome luxury candle wax today too! It's totally natural, and if it's pure it shouldn't bring any toxins into the air when you burn it. There's no reason for pure natural beeswax to have toxins since it's taken directly from the hive. So it can be a really good environmentally friendly choice. And like other waxes it's supposed to burn slowly and also produce only a little or barely any soot or smoke. And if you buy sheets of wax, you can just cut a strip off and roll it around a wick for a really quick and fast DIY natural candle. Lastly it usually has a faint honey or floral aroma!

But one con of natural beeswax is that it may not hold scents really well, so you may want to mix it with other waxes to get what you want. And it can get pricey depending on what you buy.

Palm wax: Palm wax is technically a natural plant based wax, that's made from palm oil. It can have a higher melting point than soft paraffin, but it comes in different melting points too. The biggest con for palm wax is that it's promoted as being environmentally friendly, but it's been said that palm wax candles can also has a lot of additives like how paraffin candles can. It can be heavily refined depending on where you buy it from. So it may not automatically be an environmentally friendly or natural choice.

A major pro of palm wax is that the candles can be gorgeous. They usually have a crystalline look, like sparkles stuck inside the wax, and can also look marbled and cool and shimmery. If you're interested in DIY, palm wax can be harder to work with than other natural and synthetic waxes, since it can be so thick. But the results can look awesome, and pouring the wax at different temperatures or using different colors can make the wax crystallize differently. Another pro is that when it burns it's supposed to leave way less soot in comparison to other waxes and it has a long burning time. It should also be biodegradable since it's made from natural oil. So be sure to keep this beautiful and artistic wax in your supplies!

Soy wax: Soy wax is another wax option, that's an alternative to synthetic candle waxes. Except that a lot of the time, soy wax is actually mixed with other oils. So if you get pure soy wax, then you may be getting wax that's 100% soy. Otherwise soy candles can be mixed and blended with other oils or waxes like natural beeswax or synthetic paraffin. It can still be counted as a soy candle if more than half of the wax is made from soy oil. But a pro of soy is that if you buy the 100% soy, it's supposed to be totally toxin and additive free. Or if you DIY, soy wax is supposed to have lots of different melting points for the candles you can make too. And they can be great for DIY also because soy wax can be melted in the microwave, and it can be easier to clean up than other candle waxes.

So when you look into getting natural candle supplies, maybe check these top 3 out! I think soy wax sounds the most interesting.

Wax For Candle Making and DIY tips!

Candles can be made in lots of different types of waxes. They're all made out of different materials, so it can be useful to know what type of wax you want your candle to be, since each has it's pros and cons. So here's a brief overview of the types of candle waxes you can purchase, whether you're buying a candle or making one. I think natural waxes can be great, but this post also includes some info on why you may not want to buy them.

Paraffin wax: Paraffin wax is one of the most common candle waxes. That's why most candles you buy off the shelf are usually made with it. Paraffin can be really easy for companies to produce since it's made from refining crude oil and petroleum. AKA the candles are made from the leftover parts that probably would have been thrown out. It can come in two different melting points, that mean either you'll buy soft wax, or harder wax.

The pros for using paraffin are that most candles sold in stores are made from it so you'll have lots of buying options, if you're interested in DIY, paraffin candle making guides are more common than natural wax guides since paraffin is so easy to find. And it usually holds fragrances and dyes really well since it can have lots of additives added to it, so it's great for craft projects. The cons, would be that since the paraffin was made from crude oil or worse, it can cause allergic responses in sensitive people. Or if you really care about the environment then paraffin probably wouldn't be a good pick.

Gel wax: This type of wax isn't technically wax. It's a modern form, made from mineral oil and/or synthetic polymers. A huge pro of using this gel is that it can make really cool candles! It can be made into candles that have floating objects in them or different scenes, like ocean themed ones, because the gel is usually transparent. Gel waxes don't have regular melting points. they can just become liquid at certain temperatures. But there are softer or harder polymer based gels that you can buy. Another pro is that these gels can burn more slowly than other candles.

But a warning is that these gels need to be in heat resistant containers, like especially heat resistant glass. Otherwise the container could explode.

Stearin: I thought this wax sounded so cool since it's made from animal fat! Or at least it's made from a blend of animal fats and other waxes. It can be added to other candle waxes like paraffin, to make them more usable for candle making. Like making the candles burn longer or making more stable candles. So generally it's not supposed to be used as a candle wax by itself, it's just to help bring up the quality of other candle waxes. Or also to add glossiness and make the colors more vibrant. But one warning is that you're never supposed to use it in a rubber mold, or it will melt the rubber!

Anxiety Remedies: Insomnia Herbs - Brewing Your Way to Sleep By Michael Lee

Worries have plagued mankind since ancient times, and the effect is nights of sleeplessness. Insomnia herbs have been used for as long as sleeplessness was around. With the advent of modern medicine came a proliferation of drugs and sleep aids to help give modern people their craved-for rest--as well as other dangerous side effects. The risks take us crawling back to the insomnia herbs of the old days, and we have thus rediscovered that natural cures are often still the healthier choice.

Caffeine is a habit-forming drug. While it keeps you invigorated on nonetheless lethargic mornings, it will likewise keep you from having some much-needed sleep at night. Because of disturbed sleep, you'll be craving sleep again the next day, not to mention jumpy and touchy and you'll stagger towards the coffeemaker the first chance you get.

It's a self-perpetuating cycle, and it must be stopped. If you cannot wean yourself off caffeine totally, at least try to lessen your intake. Doing this includes stopping drinking and eating colas, chocolate, and yes, the ubiquitous Starbucks. Have some insomnia herbs instead.

Valerian root is the best there is. It is "the safest and most effective sleep aid with no side effects," according to British scientist turned herbal guru Dr. Malcolm Stuart, who says the best time to drink it would be around 8 PM. Thirty minutes before taking to bed, use one to two teaspoons of the dried root to make a sleep-inducing tea. Unlike sleep aids, Valerian causes no heavy feeling the day after. And as opposed to its counterpart synthetic cures, which may bring on an addiction, you will not develop a dependency on this herb.

Just like Valerian root in terms of its sleep-inducing effects is catnip. Not only is this herb used as a answer to insomnia, but it is also thought to be a solution to nervousness, anxiety, and even migraines. The administration of catnip is again similar to Valerian--one to two teaspoons of the dried herb for one cup of boiled water and set aside to infuse for around ten minutes. Do not boil the herb along with the water as this may destroy some of its active ingredients.

Chamomile is milder and is recommended for children to take, more so when they are restless. The usual dosage is two teaspoons of dried chamomile flower for a cup of tea.

Lavender also makes for a very soothing drink at night (three flower heads to one cup of boiling water, immersed like catnip), and taking a whiff of a few drops of its oil or mixing it with your bath water has the same soothing effect. It may also be rubbed onto your body during a massage and its flowers and seeds stuffed into your pillows.

In Chinese medicine, the longan fruit and sour jujube seed are also known to soothe the spirit. The former is used to help insomnia, while the latter complements stronger cures.

While the insomnia herbs mentioned above may be ingested alone, you may also mix an herbal cocktail if you prefer. Try blending Valerian with chamomile, catnip, or some other mild herbs like hops and passionflower. Add a small amount of the natural sweetener stevia if you like if you find the taste slightly too strong to your taste. Don't consume too much to spare yourself from sleep-disturbing trips to the loo.

While there is nothing fundamentally bad with relying on insomnia herbs, homeopathy, and aromatherapy to go off to slumberland, it is still best to let nature take its course and let your body to drift off to sleep left alone, the way it's made for. To let your body to perform at its best, a lifestyle overhaul should be undertaken.

To prevent sleep disorders, having an exercise regimen, proper stress management, and committing to a healthy diet made up mostly of fruits and vegetables is the the healthiest way to go, aside from consuming your favorite concoction of insomnia herbs. While you're at it, why don't we have a cup of antioxidant-rich and comforting Valerian-laced grape juice? Cheers!

About the author: Michael Lee